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First Joint Conference of the German Society of Nursing Science (DGP) and the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pflegewissenschaft e. V.

08.07.2021, online

Effective interventions supporting nurses working in epidemics or pandemics: a meta-review of systematic reviews

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  • corresponding author Jacqueline Sin - School of Health Sciences, University of London, United Kingdom

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pflegewissenschaft e.V. (DGP). First Joint Conference of the German Society of Nursing Science (DGP) and the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS). sine loco [digital], 08.-08.07.2021. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2021. Doc21dgp39

doi: 10.3205/21dgp39, urn:nbn:de:0183-21dgp399

Published: July 5, 2021

© 2021 Sin.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. See license information at



Background: The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak was declared a global pandemic in March 2020; one of a scale in terms of its reach and duration never seen before in recent decades. The pandemic has put extreme high workload and pressure on nurses leading to worsen mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder/symptoms, burnout, and moral injury [1]. Although psychosocial interventions were considered helpful, access and take-up by nurses have been much lower than expected but particularly least requested or received by those with higher levels of mental health difficulties [2]. Previous pandemic research has highlighted the importance of supporting nurses’ mental health which is associated with their work functioning and willingness to work in future infectious disease outbreaks [3].

Objectives: To synthesize evidence on the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for treating mental disorders/symptoms in nurses working in an epidemic/pandemic, and to identify effective implementation mechanisms which optimize uptake of treatment.

Design and methods: A meta-review of systematic reviews on interventions targeting nurses, midwives, and nursing/midwifery associates, assistants, trainees, and students. We will search various literature databases including MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, WHO websites, and international governmental websites, from the first SARS emergence in Year 2002 to April 2021. We will appraise quality of included reviews using AMSTAR 2 [4] and conduct a narrative synthesis across outcomes and results within included reviews [5].

Results: We are a team of systematic review experts. The meta-review is underway and due to complete in July when the results will be presented at the conference.

Conflict of interest: None to declare.


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